Presenters

Julie AndersonJulie Anderson is the Collections and Research Librarian at the Legislative Library of Ontario. She also dabbles in Records Management, and has an interest in e-books and information literacy. Waiting for web 3.0 to take off, she is happy playing and working in the 2.0 world. When not at work she is running or hanging out with her dog. Julie will be presenting with Mercedes Lee and Tiffany Wong – “Social Media I : the Opportunities” on Monday afternoon.

Gilles Bisson is the Member for Timmins-James Bay. First elected in 1990, Mr. Bisson is the House Leader for his party, as well as serving as Transportation critic, and has been a member of several committees, including the Board of Internal Economy. Mr. Bisson will be a panellist at the Committees panel on Tuesday morning.

Tony BurmanTony Burman Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and now teaches at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. Last September, he was appointed Ryerson’s Velma Rogers Graham Research Chair in News Media and Technology. He also writes a weekly column on world affairs for The Toronto Star. Before Al Jazeera, he spent more than three decades as an award-winning news and documentary producer at CBC News, including more than seven as its editor-in-chief. He was executive producer of The National for eight years and senior documentary producer for CBC’s The Journal. Working in more than 30 countries, he produced many documentaries which were rebroadcast on the BBC, PBS and other international networks. Tony will be a panellist on the Monday morning Media panel.

Elaine CampbellElaine Campbell has been a Research Officer with the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since 1989. Most of her current work is in social policy. Over her time with the Legislative Research Service, Elaine has worked with a variety of committees, including Public Accounts, Finance and Economic Affairs, and the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions. She is participating in the Tuesday session on serving Select Committees.

Heather CloseHeather Close is the Reference and Research Services Coordinator at the Alberta Legislature Library. She oversees the Library’s reference and systems units. With the Library since 2001, Heather has assumed many roles there, including Serials Librarian, Acting Government Documents Librarian, and Committee Research Librarian. During her career, she has worked in public, school and academic libraries. Heather will be going “Behind the Data” to describe Alberta’s Historical Database of Member Information on Tuesday afternoon.

Trevor DayTrevor Day is the Senior Clerk, Committees and also serves as a Table Officer at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Employed by the Assembly since 1998, Trevor became a Committee Clerk in 2002, and has served as Clerk to each of the Legislature’s nine Standing Committees. Trevor has also Clerked two of the most recent Select Committees; Select Committee on Elections, tasked to review the system of Elections in Ontario; and the Select Committee on the proposed transaction of the TMX Group and the London Stock Exchange Group, tasked with reviewing the merger of the Toronto and London Stock Exchanges. Trevor has spoken to numerous international delegations regarding Legislative Committees and their functions within the Provincial Legislative process.

June Dewetering is Chief of the Macroeconomics and Trade Section of the Library of Parliament’s Parliamentary Information and Research Service, where she leads a multi-disciplinary team that includes analysts and a reference librarian. June joined the Library in 1986 and, since that time, has assisted more than 20 standing, special and legislative committees in the Senate and the House of Commons. In the last decade, her responsibilities have included supporting the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance as it undertakes its annual pre-budget consultations. June will be recounting her experiences in e-consultations in the session “Social Media II: The Challenges”, Tuesday morning.

Kevin Donovan is the Toronto Star’s investigative editor and a senior reporter. He has done public service investigations for the paper into government, police, charities, teachers, lawyers, doctors and most recently, Ontario’s ORNGE air ambulance service. He has won three National Newspaper Awards and the Michener Award for Public Service Journalism. Kevin is an expert in obtaining information from human and documentary sources. Kevin is participating in the Media Panel on Monday morning.

Nicole Doyle Nicole has been a member of the Durham College faculty since February 2005. She is a subject specialist in the areas of law, government and legal research, criminology, justice, data/statistics and company/business research. In May 2011 she joined the full time faculty in the School of Justice and Emergency Services at Durham College where she teaches legal research, information literacy, and research skills. Nicole’s achievements include developing the library’s first data library service, serving on the Data Liberation Initiative’s Education Committee and, most recently, initiating and launching a new college graduate certificate program in Legal Research and Information Management. Prior to her career in education, Nicole spent several years as a corporate librarian and leader in knowledge management with human resources and public relations consulting firms. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree and an Honours BA in Economics and History from the University of Western Ontario.

Peter EllingerPeter Ellinger is the Manager of Library Technology Applications at the Ontario Legislature. He has been the guiding mind behind the APLIC portal, and has contributed to the Technical Committee of Our Ontario since 2004, among other projects. Peter will be part of the panel on the Future of Government Documents on Tuesday.

Christine Elliott is the Member for Whitby-Oshawa. Christine Elliott entered politics when she won the March 2006 by-election for the riding of Whitby-Ajax, and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011 for the riding of Whitby-Oshawa. Christine is currently Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Citizenship and Immigration, and Mental Health Reform. Christine and her husband Jim Flaherty live in Whitby with their sons John, Galen and Quinn. Ms. Elliott is participating in the Members’ Panel on Monday morning.

Ellen Fitzsimmons Ellen Fitzsimons has worked for the New Zealand Parliamentary Service for more than 20 years. She started in serials and acquisitions, has worked as a research librarian and for the last 12 years has been involved with the New Zealand Parliament website and intranet. Currently she manages the Information Management team. Her interests include usability, plain English writing, and Doctor Who. She is also passionate about using scrum to manage projects. Ellen will talk about the New Zealand Parliamentary Library and three major programmes of work from the last year.

Val FootzVal Footz became the Legislature Librarian at the Alberta Legislature Library in 2010. She has worked in various capacities at the Library since 2001. Val is currently a member of the APLIC Portal Subcommittee and the APLIC Survey Review Subcommittee. She is a co-author of A Higher Duty: Speakers of the Legislative Assemblies of the North-West Territories and Alberta, 1888-2005. Val is presenting “Behind the data: Building an Historical Database of Member Information” on Tuesday afternoon.

Jacques GagnonJacques Gagnon is the Director of the Research Service at the National Assembly of Quebec. He has a long history as an economic analyst, with experience in diverse sectors and specialities. He has been at the National Assembly since 2004, including a two-year stint as Director of the Assembly’s Secretariat, responsible for the page program, publication of the Order Paper and Hansard and the management of petitions.

Ian Harvey is a journalist and communications consultant in Toronto. He currently writes and edits for a diverse range of clients and his work is published in the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Reader’s Digest, Zoomer magazine as well as many specialties publications such as Law Times, for which he writes a twice monthly column on Queen’s Park politics and legislation. He attended Centennial College’s Journalism program and studied Law for Journalists at the University of Western Ontario. Ian is a participant in the Monday morning Media Panel.

Jane Hilderman is a Research Analyst at Samara. Her work focuses on designing measures of Parliament and political parties. She also contributes to Samara’s other research initiatives, including Samara’s latest report, Occupiers & Legislators: A Snapshot of Political Media Coverage. Prior to joining Samara, Jane completed the Parliamentary Internship Programme in Ottawa, where she assisted both a government and opposition backbench MP in their offices and, through study trips, learned more about the work of other legislatures in Canada (Quebec & Nunavut) and abroad (U.S., U.K., E.U. & Belgium). She holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Toronto, where her research focused on the influence of civil society actors on the policy process. Jane obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Political Science from Queen’s University. She was born and raised in rural Alberta.

Carrie Hull is a Research Officer at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. She has worked at the Assembly since 2004, primarily in the areas of health and the environment. She has provided research support to numerous Standing Committees as well as the Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions, helping to produce a well-received consensus report. In her past life, Carrie was an academic specializing in political science. She is participating in the Tuesday session on serving Select Committees.

Susanna Kelley is a veteran investigative and political journalist, documentary-maker and commentator with nearly 20 years experience covering Canadian and Ontario politics. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief for the Ontario News Watch website. Before that she spent 14 years as Queen’s Park Bureau Chief at TVO. While at Studio 2, she produced the segment, Fourth Reading, a weekly look at provincial politics in depth, as well as co-hosting the Backroom 411 segment with CBC Radio’s Robert Fisher. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours B.A. in Political Science.

Mercedes LeeMercedes Lee is a Research Librarian at the Legislative Library of Ontario. In addition to an MISt. from the University of Toronto, she also holds an MPPAL from York University. Her research interests include public administration, the social construction of consumption and general theory. She has too many interests to manage and treats staying on top of popular culture like a part-time job. Mercedes will be presenting “Social Media I: The Opportunities” on Monday afternoon.

Eileen Lewis, roller girlEileen Lewisis a Research Librarian at the Legislative Library at the Ontario Legislature. Prior to joining the team at “the Ledge,” she held positions with United Way Toronto, the Ontario Securities Commission and BMO Financial Group. Eileen holds an MISt from U of T’s Faculty of Information, and an HBA in History and Political Science, also from U of T. Outside of the Pink Palace, she straps on roller skates to become Marian the Diebrarian, a hard hitting blocker in the fast-growing sport of roller derby.
Twitter: @eflewis

Mike MccaffreyMike McCaffrey is a lecturer at the Faculty of information who specializes in reference work and government information. His main areas of academic interest are the documentation of the League of Nations, historical international statistics and the documentation of unrepresented states and liberation movements. He is currently writing a guide to Canadian government publications. Mike will be part of the Future of Government Documents Panel.

Gerry Phillips was Member for Scarborough-Agincourt from 1987-2011. He held a number of Ministerial and Parliamentary portfolios, having served as Deputy House Leader, Chair of Management Board, Minister of Energy, and as Chair of the Select Committee on the proposed transaction of the TMX group and the London Stock Exchange Group. He will be participating on the Tuesday morning panel on the needs of Committee Members.

Kim Silk Kimberly Silk has over fifteen years of digital media experience and is actively engaged in the interactive media, library and education industries. Since 2008 she has been the Data Librarian at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think-tank at theUniversity of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Between 2001 and 2009 her consultancy, BrightSail, served a variety of clients including corporate, academic, government and non-profit organizations. Kim’s presentation, “Discovering and Dealing with Data” will be held Monday afternoon.

Norm Sterling photoNorman Sterling was a member of the Ontario Legislature representing several different ridings of Eastern Ontario for 34 years from 1977 to 2011. During that period he served in nine different Cabinet posts, chaired his caucus, chaired several Legislative Committees and held the post as Government Houseleader for three years. He constantly strived to look for reforms to make the Ontario Parliament less partisan and more productive.

Peter Tabuns Peter Tabuns is the Member for Toronto-Danforth. He is NDP critic for energy and education. He was formerly head of Greenpeace Canada and Jack Layton’s climate change advisor. Mr. Tabuns is participating in the Monday morning Members’ Panel.

Dr. Ian Wilson is the Founding Director and current Executive Director of the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Institute for Digital Media, an institute which conducts research and encourages consultation and collaboration related to Canada’s role as a digital nation. Dr. Wilson is former National Librarian and Archivist of Canada and Archivist of Ontario, and will be part of the panel on the future of Government Publications on Tuesday.

Soo WongSoo Wong Soo Wong, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt, is Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services. She is also the Vice-Chair of the Legislation and Regulation Cabinet Committee and a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. She is a former Public School Board Trustee, Professor of Nursing at the School of Health Sciences at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, administrator of a long-term care facility, a public health nurse and Manager of York Region Health Services. Soo Wong arrived in Canada from Hong Kong at the age of eight, along with her father, mother and two siblings. She speaks fluent English and Cantonese. Ms. Wong is a participant in the Members’ Panel on Monday morning.

Tiffany Wong is a lawyer-journalist who summered and articled at Stikeman Elliott LLP, a large Bay Street law firm, where she conducted legal research in corporate, securities, commercial litigation and employment law. She is an avid legal blogger having contributed to the law firm’s blogs as well as academic blogs, IPOsgoode.ca and TheCourt.ca. She has also held legal internships at the University of Oxford’s media policy institute and at Yahoo! Canada. Prior to law school, Tiffany’s journalism coverage has appeared in TV, radio, print and online news at CNN International, CBC Radio 3, the South China Morning Post, and the China Daily Newspaper (Hong Kong Edition). She also hosted bilingual French-English radio programs in Montreal about Canadian independent music. Her interests include media, new technology, intellectual property,  legal affairs & policy, arts & culture and international business.  She holds a J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, a B.A. from McGill University and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012. Tiffany will be presenting, “Social Media I: the Opportunities” on Monday afternoon.

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